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Behind the Curtain: Family Day at the Opera

This morning, enthusiastic children and their families were treated to our first Family Day event – a special collaboration between Wolf Trap Opera & Wolf Trap Education! Participants had a chance to… … have a photo taken on the Midsummer Night’s Dream set …. … make their own fairy masks (here, a young participant working

Behind the Curtain

August 15, 2010 Behind the Curtain: Family Day at the Opera! Media Outlets are reporting on tomorrow’s family event. We’re getting excited to allow families with children to have some fun with our artists tomorrow! Only two spots remain for the event… Register now at! Washington Examiner Baltimore Sun Washington Post

Day 35: Bouncing, Throwing, and Running*

The Master Class phenomenon is a “thing” in the classical music world. In its best incarnation, an experienced and acclaimed artist works publicly with a young musician, and the assembled audience gets to peek behind the curtain and learn something about how a successful performance is constructed. And when handled with respect for both the

Day 33: Master Class on Sunday!

Tonight, I write to encourage you to check out Michelle DeYoung’s master class this Sunday afternoon. As much as we all love listening to the finished product in operas and concerts, having a chance to peek behind the curtain and see how singers really put together and polish their performances always gives music lovers a

The Next Generation: #2

In the wake of Instant Opera, we hosted another event especially for the youngest opera lovers among us. This morning’s Behind the Curtain (Family Day at Wolf Trap Opera) was a rousing success, thanks to the efforts and unspeakable goodwill shown by the 30 artists and staff members who showed up before 10am to take

Technology in the Audition Room

We kicked off the fall audition tour with a strong start in Los Angeles, and as I was emptying my portable office of its seemingly endless gear, I was reminded of this NY Times article from last summer. I bookmarked it with a reminder to revisit this topic during the audition tour, and this seems

We’re Still Here!

When there’s time to blog, there’s not a whole lot to report. And when there’s a lot happening (euphemism for not keeping my head above the operatic waters), there’s no time to blog. Thus, this week-long silence. Volpone Nice web feature on – go here to listen.A week of indescribable ups and downs, putting


Today, a few interpretations of audition tour statistics. Numbers can tell stories. Important stories. But a single set of statistics can sometimes tell stories that seem at odds with one another. First, the raw numbers: Audition Tour 2019 1,134 applications – a 300% increase from just a couple of decades ago. 444 auditions scheduled 3% expected to

Day 57: Soprano Alexandra Loutsion in the Artist Spotlight

During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, as Butterfly rehearsals kick off, we hear from soprano Alexandra Loutsion, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Which experience(s) most influenced your decision to become a professional singer? What’s the earliest point in your life that you can identify in pointing you in this direction?